IFG UPDATE: March 24

Here’s the next round of resources, guidelines and frameworks to watch, read, practice and use. Please feel free to get in touch with us if there’s anything we can help with.

See you next week!

– Genesis & Chris

P.S. Don’t forget, the 21 Day No-Complaint Experiment starts on Monday! Pick up a wristband in Monte Esquinza if you haven’t already!



The importance of failure – for effective learning, growth mindset, and quality through experimentation.


Your life is Tetris—stop playing it like chess

As I mentioned earlier, chess is causal. There is a “best move” for any given position. You can force your opponent into a corner. You can see twenty moves into the future, if you’re a supercomputer.

Chess comes with a set of prescriptions and best practices. 1. e4 is considered a strong opening move for white. 1. h3 is not. That’s because chess is a closed system. There are no random constraints, no dumb luck. The pieces always move the same way, and the starting position is always identical.

Tetris? You only know what the next piece is. You play for the present moment, trying to construct the best possible configuration of pieces, knowing that it is impossible to predict the situation even two pieces from now. You don’t get fooled into thinking you can control the future.


This is just one of many options

I used to take voice lessons from a great teacher named Warren Senders.

For each lesson, I’d bring in one song I was trying to improve.

First, I’d sing it for him as written.

Then he’d say, “OK – now do it up an octave.”

Then he’d make me sing it twice as fast. Then twice as slow. Then like Bob Dylan. Then like Tom Waits. Then he’d tell me to sing it like it’s 4 a.m. and a friend woke me up. Then he’d give me many other scenarios.

After all of this, he’d say, “Now… how did that song go again?”

It was the clearest proof that what I thought was “the” way the song went was really just one of an infinite number of options.


If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

You may stumble, but that’s OK. In fact, it’s the only way you’ll learn, especially if you can appreciate that missteps are an inevitable — and in fact essential — part of the learning process. In the end, even though we might feel powerless in situations outside our comfort zone, we have more power than we think. So, give it a go. Be honest with yourself, make the behavior your own, and take the plunge. My guess is you’ll be pleased at having given yourself the opportunity to grow, learn, and expand your professional repertoire.


Ask Yourself

What changes am I noticing right now, in the present moment?

What is my relationship to this change?

Tags: , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Discover more from Tufts-Skidmore Spain

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading